Saturday , Mar , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

College Basketball Game Capsules

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Antonio Graves had 18 points to lead 15th-
ranked Pittsburgh to the Big East final with a 68-54 win over No. 2 Villanova,
but the result was overshadowed by an ugly eye injury sustained by Wildcats
senior guard Allan Ray. The sixth-seeded Panthers will take on ninth seed
Syracuse in Saturday night’s championship game after the Orange got by 23rd-
ranked Georgetown, 58-57. However, the bigger story in Friday night’s
second semifinal was the eye injury to Ray, the second-leading scorer on
Villanova. Pitt’s Carl Krauser inadvertently poked Ray in the right eye as
the two went to the floor for the ball 32 seconds into the second half.
Levance Fields had 14 points for the Panthers (24-6), who won the title in
2003 and lost in the championship game the following year to Connecticut. This
will be Pitt’s fifth trip to the title game in the last six years. Randy Foye
scored 26 points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Wildcats (25-4), who
now await to see if they will draw a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament.

Final Score: (3) Duke 80, Miami-Florida 76

Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick scored 25 points and hit a big
shot in the final minute, as third-ranked Duke snapped a two-game losing
streak with a tough 80-76 victory over Miami-Florida in the quarterfinals of
the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Shelden
Williams added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the top-seeded Blue Devils
(28-3), who will face Wake Forest in Saturday’s semifinals. DeMarcus Nelson
also scored 14 in the victory. Guillermo Diaz finished with 16 points and King
contributed 16 with 11 rebounds for Miami (16-15), which never trailed by more
than five and gave the Blue Devils all they could handle. Robert Hite added 15
points in defeat.

Final Score: (5) Memphis 68, Houston 54

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Shawne Williams netted 23 points and pulled
down eight rebounds to lead fifth-ranked Memphis past Houston, 68-54, in the
semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament at the FedExForum. Rodney Carney
added 17 points and was a perfect 3-for-3 from long range for the top-seeded
Tigers (29-3), who move on to face UAB in Saturday’s final. Joey Dorsey
chipped in with nine points and nine boards in the win. Oliver Lafayette
recorded 20 points for the fifth-seeded Cougars (20-9), who lost for just the
third time in their past 12 outings. Lanny Smith and Ramon Dyer each netted 12
points in the loss.

Final Score: (7) Ohio State 63, Penn State 56

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Ron Lewis scored 17 points and seventh-
ranked Ohio State overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to defeat Penn
State, 63-56, in Big Ten quarterfinal action at Conseco Fieldhouse. The final
score didn’t indicate the Buckeyes’ struggles with the scrappy Nittany Lions,
who held Ohio State (24-4) to poor first-half shooting and eventually took a
42-30 lead in the second half. Lewis and J.J. Sullinger, who tallied nine
points and pulled down eight rebounds, spurred the comeback and pushed the
top-seeded Buckeyes into the semifinals where they will face Indiana on
Saturday. Terence Dials posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds,
as the Buckeyes defeated Penn State (15-14) for the third time this season.

Final Score: (8) Texas 77, Texas Tech 70

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points, 16 rebounds —
10 on the offensive end — and two blocks as the eighth-ranked Texas Longhorns
beat the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 77-70, in quarterfinal action of the Big 12
Conference Tournament. Daniel Gibson added 18 points, including 4-of-8 from
beyond-the-arc, and five assists and Kenton Paulino scored 13 points for the
Longhorns (26-5), who will take on Texas A&M in the semifinals on Saturday.
Jarrius Jackson had a game-high 28 points on 6-of-8 from long distance and
Alan Voskuil netted 14 for the Red Raiders (15-17), who lost five of their
final six contests. Darryl Dora contributed 11 points and four assists in the

Final Score: Michigan State 61, (9) Illinois 56

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Maurice Ager and Paul Davis each scored 16
points to lead Michigan State over ninth-ranked Illinois, 61-56, in the
quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse. Davis also
had eight boards and Shannon Brown poured in 14 points for the sixth-seeded
Spartans, who had dropped both regular season meetings against the third-
seeded Illini. Michigan State will next face second- seeded Iowa in the
semifinal round on Saturday. James Augustine had 16 points and 15 boards and
Rich McBride had 13 points for the Illini, who made it interesting down the
stretch, but could never find the lead.

Final Score: (10) North Carolina 79, Virginia 67

Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) – Reyshawn Terry scored 24 points with seven
rebounds to help lead 10th-ranked North Carolina past Virginia, 79-67, in an
Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinal matchup at Greensboro
Coliseum. Freshman sensation Tyler Hansbrough added 17 points and eight
rebounds for the Tar Heels (22-6), who have won their last eight games and now
will play third- seeded Boston College in the semifinals after the Eagles
knocked off Maryland, 80-66, on Friday. North Carolina is seeded second in the
tourney. Wes Miller netted 15 points, while David Noel donated a double-double
with 10 points and 11 rebounds with five assists. Sean Singletary did what he
could to lead Virginia (15-14), scoring 29 points on 7-of-16 from the floor
and a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line. He also grabbed 10 boards
with five steals.

Final Score: (11) Boston College 80, Maryland 66

Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) – Craig Smith scored 21 points, grabbed 15
rebounds and dished out seven assists, as 11th-ranked Boston College shined in
its Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament debut by posting a convincing 80-66
victory over Maryland in the quarterfinals of the tourney.Jared Dudley posted
18 points and six rebounds for the Eagles (25-6), which has won four straight
and nine of their last 10. Tyrese Rice added 19 points in the win. James Gist
scored 14 points, pulled down five boards and blocked three shots for the
Terrapins (19-12), who had won their last three games including an 82-64
victory over Georgia Tech in the opening round of the tourney. Mike Jones
added 11 points for Maryland, which played the majority of the second half
without leading scorer Nik Caner-Medley, who suffered an ankle injury. Caner-
Medley finished with just six points and five rebounds.

Final Score: (13) UCLA 71, Arizona 59

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Darren Collison dropped in a career-high 15
points as the 13th-ranked UCLA Bruins defeated the Arizona Wildcats, 71-59, in
semifinal action of the Pac-10 Tournament at the Staples Center. Luc Richard
Mbah a Moute and Arron Afflalo both netted 12 points, as the top- seeded
Bruins (26-6) will ride a six-game winning streak into the Championship game
on Saturday against third-seeded California. Cedric Bozeman added nine points
and four rebounds in the victory. Marcus Williams scored a career-high 25
points and pulled down seven boards for Arizona (19-12), which dropped three
of its last four games. Ivan Radenovic was the only other Arizona player to
score in double figures with 17 points. He also had 10 rebounds.

Final Score: South Carolina 79, (14) Tennessee 71

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Tre’ Kelley scored 25 points and Renaldo
Balkman added 16, leading South Carolina to a 79-71 upset of 14th-ranked
Tennessee in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament at
Gaylord Entertainment Center. Tarence Kinsey chipped in 14 points for the
Gamecocks (17-14), who shot 70 percent in the second half and avenged a pair
of losses to Tennessee during the regular season with a relatively easy
victory. South Carolina will play third-seeded Kentucky in Saturday’s
semifinals. C.J. Watson scored 23 points for the Volunteers (21-7), who won
the SEC East Division in head coach Bruce Pearl’s first season. Tennessee,
which has lost three of its last four, will still earn a berth in the NCAA

Final Score: (16) Florida 74, Arkansas 71

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Lee Humphrey scored a career-high 25 points
as 16th-ranked Florida held off Arkansas down the stretch, winning 74-71 in
the quarterfinals of the SEC Conference Tournament. Taurean Green scored 20
points and dished out five assists for the Gators (25-6), who will face 18th-
ranked LSU in the semifinals on Saturday. Al Horford tallied 11 points and
grabbed eight rebounds. Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah both added nine points.
Ronnie Brewer led the Razorbacks (22-9) with 18 points, seven boards, six
steals and four assists. Charles Thomas scored 17 points. Jonathon Modica
added 13.

Final Score: (17) Kansas 63, Oklahoma State 62

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Sasha Kaun scored 16 points and grabbed five
rebounds as 17th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks held on to beat the Oklahoma State
Cowboys, 63-62, in the Big 12 Conference quarterfinals at American Airlines
Center. Mario Chalmers tallied 15 points and Julian Wright totaled nine points
and nine boards for the Jayhawks (23-7), who will meet Nebraska in Saturday’s
semifinals. Byron Eaton scored a game-high 18 points, including 5-of-6 from
beyond the arc, while JamesOn Curry added 17 points and Mario Boggan chipped
in 10 for the Cowboys (17-15), who had won three of their last four contests
coming into the game.

Final Score: (18) LSU 92, Vanderbilt 73

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Glen Davis scored 28 points and grabbed 13
rebounds as 18th-ranked Louisiana State defeated Vanderbilt, 92-73, in the
quarterfinals of the SEC Conference Tournament. Tasmin Mitchell tallied 20
points for the Tigers (23-7), who will face 16th-ranked Florida in the
semifinals on Saturday. Darnell Lazare added 16 points for LSU. Derrick Byars
scored 17 points for the Commodores (17-12). Shan Foster and Julian Terrell
each scored 13 points. Alex Gordon shot 3-of-6 from beyond the arc for nine

Final Score: (20) Iowa 67, Minnesota 57

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jeff Horner scored 26 points, grabbed six
rebounds, dished out six assists and had five steals to lead 20th-ranked Iowa
over Minnesota, 67-57, in quarterfinal action of the Big Ten Tournament at
Conseco Fieldhouse. Horner hit 8-of-13 shots from the floor, including 6-of-9
from beyond the arc, for the second-seeded Hawkeyes (23-8), who will next face
sixth- seeded Michigan State in the semifinal round on Saturday. The Spartans
defeated third-seeded Illinois, 61-56. Greg Brunner added 16 points for Iowa,
which used a late run to win its third straight contest. Vincent Grier had 29
points on 13-of-24 shooting for the 10th-seeded Golden Gophers (15-14), who
defeated seventh-seeded Michigan in the first round on Thursday but still fell
for the fourth time in five games.

Final Score: (21) Nevada 70, New Mexico State 59

Reno, NV (Sports Network) – Marcelus Kemp scored 25 points as 21st-ranked
Nevada defeated New Mexico State, 70-59, in the semifinals of the Western
Athletic Conference Tournament. Nick Fazekas, the WAC player of the year,
scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the top-seeded Wolf Pack
(26-5), who will face second-seeded Utah State for the conference championship
on Saturday. Mo Charlo added nine points and four boards. Elijah Ingram led
NMSU (16-14) with 17 points and seven boards. David Fisher finished with 10
points and seven boards. Mike Mitchell tallied nine points and dished out five

Final Score: Nebraska 69, (22) Oklahoma 63

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Jamel White scored a game-high 22 points,
including 9-of-10 from the foul line, to lead Nebraska to a 69-63 upset over
22nd-ranked Oklahoma in a Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal contest at American
Airlines Center. Jason Dourisseau totaled 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Wes
Wilkinson chipped in 10 points for the Cornhuskers (19-12), who advance to
Saturday’s semifinals against Kansas. Terrell Everett scored 14 points and
dished out nine assists, while Austin Johnson added 12 points and Kevin
Bookout chipped in 10 points and eight boards for the Sooners (20-8), who have
now dropped back-to-back games.

Final Score: Syracuse 58, (23) Georgetown 57

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Eric Devendorf’s layup with 9.3 seconds left
catapulted Syracuse to its third straight thrilling victory at the Big East
Tournament, as the Orange moved into the final with a 58-57 win over No. 23
Georgetown at Madison Square Garden. Gerry McNamara assumed the role of Mr.
Clutch again for the Orange (22-11), who have won their first three games in
the tourney by a combined four points. McNamara, who ended with 17 points,
tied the game with 48.1 seconds left, and his bounce pass to Devendorf gave
the Orange their only lead of the game. Syracuse will try to win its second
straight Big East Tournament when it tangles with No. 15 Pittsburgh Saturday
night. The Panthers beat second- ranked Villanova, 68-54.

Final Score: (24) UAB 63, Texas-El Paso 60

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Marvett McDonald paced a balanced UAB attack
with 15 points as the 24th-ranked Blazers survived and edged Texas El-Paso,
63-60, in the semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament at the FedExForum.
Paul Delaney added 13 points and six rebounds for second-seeded UAB (24-5),
which won for the eighth consecutive time and will go on to face Memphis in
the final on Saturday. Carldell Johnson chipped in 12 points in the win. Jason
Williams had a game-high 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the
third-seeded Miners (20-9), who lost two of their final three games. Kevin
Henderson donated 12 points while Miguel Ayala had 11 and Stefon Jackson
tallied 10 in the loss.

Final Score: Wake Forest 82, (25) North Carolina State 71

Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) – Eric Williams poured in 20 points and pulled
down eight rebounds as Wake Forest upset 25th-ranked North Carolina State,
82-71, in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum.
Justin Gray tallied 19 points and dished out 10 assists for the 12th-seeded
Demon Deacons (17-15), who trumped Florida State, 78-66, in the opening round
of the tourney and have now won three consecutive games. Chris Ellis added 15
points on 6-of-8 shooting for Wake Forest, which will now move on to face top-
seeded Duke in the semifinals on Saturday. Michael Drum added 12 points and
Cameron Stanley netted 10 in the win.